Our mission is to join together in Sisterhood and, guided by the principles of Reform Judaism, strengthen our congregation, our community and ourselves.
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Sisterhood is a welcoming, caring and engaging community within IHC. Sisterhood empowers women of IHC by creating an atmosphere for personal and spiritual growth. Over 100 years old (we don’t look it do we?), Sisterhood remains an integral part of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, by providing funding for temple projects and programs and providing the Woman Power to get things done!
In 2018, we made a radical change to be more welcoming and inclusive. Now, every woman of IHC is a Sisterhood member. Instead of paying “dues” to be a member, we now are counting on every IHC woman to take pride in our Sisterhood and to become a Contributing Member. Of course, YOU decide the amount that is meaningful to you and what works with your budget.
You should become a Contributing Member because Sisterhood:
- Helps nurture new friendships to help you feel more connected to each other and IHC.
- Provides stimulating programming and social events, including our lively Torah Talk with Rabbi Brett, Sisters in the Sukkah, and our popular Women’s Seder.
- Engages with the surrounding community through our many Social Action projects such as providing food for school breaks, Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, support for victims of domestic violence and food insecurity.
- Supports every aspect of Temple life with almost $45,000 in annual financial gifts!
Here are the ways you can support Sisterhood:
- Become a contributing member with a donation (of any amount) to support our 2020 programs & projects. Even if you don’t have time to be active in Sisterhood right now, we ask you to please support us financially. We can’t do all that we do without you!
- Attend our incredible events, even if it is just one or two a year …we promise, you will enjoy it. We make every effort to keep these free or low cost, when possible.
- Volunteer! It’s a great way to get to know each other! And we always have fun!
- Participate in our annual fundraising efforts like Hamentashen sales, Spring Raffle, Hanukkah Hellos, and others!
- Contribute to the WRJ YES Fund
- Serve or chair a committee
Join us for any or all of our ongoing programs:
First Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Rusty Bucket located at 1130 W 86th Street
Join us to discuss compelling articles in the “independent, Jewish, and frankly feminist magazine,” Lilith which reports on topics of “family politics, Jewish hair, race and reconciliation, new liturgies, good advice, fabulous fiction, parenting now, marriage equality, feminist philanthropy, sex, food—and so much more.”
Lilith Salon meets the first Monday of each month. The selected articles for each month’s discussion will be emailed to you in advance. Each lady is encouraged to order food and drink at their own expense. Conversation, of course, is free and quite stimulating. Email Andrea Burnett at email@example.com for more information and to get on the email list for updates. You can always check the calendar for dates! For access to the Lilith Magazine, click here!
Erev Shabbat Service closest to New Month
Rosh Chodesh, or head of the month, celebrates the new Jewish month and the appearance of the new moon. The connection between Rosh Chodesh and women dates back to biblical times when tradition tells us women refused to participate in the sin of the Golden Calf and were thus rewarded with Rosh Chodesh. According to kabbalistic teachings, women share a special relationship with the moon, and as such they have special reason to celebrate Rosh Chodesh. Each month a Sisterhood member will announce the Rosh Chodesh with a personal reading to celebrate women and share this observance with the community.
We are looking for volunteers to be Rosh Chodesh readers throughout the year. Readers are provided with an introduction and can select a passage, poem, or writing of her choice.
Select Wednesday mornings at 9:15 in the YAC
Check the calendar for specific dates!
First Monday of each month at 5:30pm at the Rusty Bucket located at 1130 W 86th Street
Torah Talk is an informal, accessible, and interactive opportunity for adults of all levels of learning to discuss and study Judaism and its texts. Even if you have never attended Torah study, each session stands alone as a wonderful learning opportunity. Coffee and snacks are provided. For more information and to get on the email list for updates, contact Sharon Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Temple Sisterhood Gift Shop has all of your Judaica needs!
The Sisterhood Gift Shop carries a wide variety of Judaic and Israeli items including art, books, ritual objects, jewelry, toys, and gifts. Stop by and browse our extensive collection of mezuzot, tallitot, Shabbat candlesticks, Bar and Bat Mitzvah gifts, and many, many other beautiful and meaningful Judaica items. Our dedicated gift shop volunteers are happy to assist you with all your Judaica needs. Every purchase provides valuable funds to support Sisterhood projects which benefit all IHC members.
Looking for a gift but don’t know what to purchase? Consider giving a Sisterhood Gift Shop gift card. These attractive cards can be purchased in any amount and have no expiration date. Gift cards are ideal for confirmation, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, weddings–you name it!
We always offer free gift wrapping, personal shopping, and even shopping by phone. If we don’t have something, we can special order it for you. Please call Amy Micon at 317-339-9082 for special appointments during non-business hours.
Gift Shop Hours
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friday: 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am-1:15 am
*When the Jewish Learning Program is in session.
We are looking for gift shop volunteers.
Just 2 hours a month (or more if you have the time) is greatly appreciated!
No experience needed – we will train you on what you need to know!
Please contact Marcella Slabosky with questions or to volunteer.
The Youth, Education, and Special Projects (YES) Fund represents the collective financial efforts of individual donors and WRJ-affiliated sisterhoods to strengthen the Reform Movement and ensure the future of Reform Judaism. YES Fund grants provide Reform Jewish institutions and individuals worldwide with the tools necessary for religious, social, and educational growth and enhance Jewish life by supporting clergy, cultivating women’s leadership, advocating for social justice, providing programming, and offering support.
To give through the YES Fund, click here.
Board of Directors
President – Amy Isaacs
President-Elect – Rise’ Friedman
Immediate Past President – Karen Rossen
Vice President of Membership – Patty Goodman
Vice President of Fundraising – Jackie Barrett
Vice President of Religious Living – Becky Ristow
Vice President of Membership Meetings – Sonja Kantor
Treasurer – Robin Weiss
Assistant Treasurer – Suzan Feuer
Registrar – Sarah Freeman
Corresponding Secretary – Debbie Waldman
Recording Secretary – Ruth Anderson
Parliamentarian – Anita Dansker
Director of Social Action – Bennie Silver
Director of Communications – Sara Cox
Director of Operations – Jennifer Kelley
Director of The Gift Shop – Amy Micon
Gift Shop Volunteer Coordinator – Marcella Slabosky
Gift Shop Bookkeeper – Elyse Chuvalas
Chair of YES Fund – Kim Patterson
Chair of ByLaws & Policies – Bonnie Foster
Co-Chairs of Hamentashen – Tammy Falender & Judy Levy
Chair of Lilith Salon – Andrea Burnett
Chair of Torah Talk – Sharon Baldwin